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  FOX    Mornings on 2  

    February 28, 2014
    7:00 - 9:01am PST  

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>> reporter: good morning, everybody. the rain causing major problems on bay area roadways, including this fatality on highway 24 near oakland. how this may affect your morning commute -- coming up. and the drive times are up because of the wet commute, including some of the major roads that's gonna take you
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longer. we'll update the drive time straight ahead. powerhouse front and a big- time low-pressure system. you can see it there. it will play into our weather not only this morning but the rest of the day. but how much rain will fall? good morning, welcome to "mornings on 2." we are on stormwatch and this live traffic camera tells it all. a very let lens as the latest round of rain pounds the bay area. traffic crawling along. there are wind advisories in effect right now. it's 7:01. good morning. i'm tori campbell. >> you felt it. >> i did. >> good morning. i'm dave clark. we have team coverage of the stormwatch. let's first go to meteorologist, steve paulson. >> all right, tori, dave, thank you. this is about as good as it gets for us in a long time. an impressive area of low pressure. barometers were troping. now they've -- dropping. now they are rising a little
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bit. this system will play into our weather all of the rest of the day and probably saturday. it will be a big-time system for maybe thunderstorm activity later today. we had the front go through early, then a little bit of a break. now the next band is moving onshore near the san mateo/santa cruz coastline. it's going south to north. in marin county, it's on its way. some areas picked up intense rain. there are a few breaks around the north bay. concord, crockett, moderate to heavy. there was heavy rain in the san leandro hills earlier. there's the band that went over to concord, la fayette as well. it looks like santa cruz. the heaviest rain is going into the santa cruz mountains. some of that is heading into san jose as well. really intense activity. you might get a break for a little bit. as long as this low is off the coast, we're in line for brief, heavy rain. i think ponding and flooding will continue this afternoon. the heaviest rainfall looks to be in the santa cruz mountains
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as we heed into tonight and tomorrow -- head into tonight and tomorrow. rain and wind here. heaviest for the morning. but there will be a possibility of very unsettled conditions. highs today, only upper 50s and lower 60s. here's sal. steve, we've had a lot of weather-related traffic incidents flooding on the roads, people driving into standing water. it mostly happened when it was dark. 580 is a mess coming in from the altamont pass. as the wet weather moved through, you saw more people getting into crashes. niles canyon road, fremont police out there with a closure because of mudslide in the area and it's been very slow traffic. i do want to meges that traffic is -- mention that traffic is slow in the south bay on 101. 87 at taylor, there's flooding blocking the southbound lanes. be careful everywhere. 85 is not that bad. but 280 and 101 are a little bit slower than that. i want to mention some of -- as
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we look at some of these live pictures, the bay bridge is about a 35 to 40-minute delay as people are driving slower. the backup may look the same but people are driving slower. the drive times are up a little bit. instead of being 25 to 30, this morning we're at 35, 40. maybe 45 minutes. san mateo bridge moderately heavy heading out to foster city. allow yourself extra time as you drive this commute. everywhere will be slower. now we go to brian flores. he was at the scene of a fatal crash in oakland which has now cleared but it's causing some traffic. brian? >> reporter: yeah, sal, as you mentioned, maimer problems out there this morning. in fact, the chp had to move us. they are moving quickly to move that scene there on westbound 24 near the 580 interchange. we're overlooking traffic this morning, though, at the come caldecott tunnel -- at the caldecott tunnel, it is moving fine.
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the chp says around 4:45 a toyota rav4 stalled in the number three lane west of telegraph avenue. moments after that the driver of a lexus slammed into her. it's unclear whether he saw her or not. when chp arrived, they found the driver of the car hit, actually in the back seat of the car, the impact was so great there. the other driver injured. all lanes are opened at this moment, the chp says they will continue to investigate. >> we'll have to contact witnesses to see who saw this vehicle to see if it had its lights on or any flares out. we'll have to conduct some followup investigation. >> reporter: the chp says the driver that hit the stalled car was taken to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries and they do not believe alcohol was a factor. as we take it back out here live, it's unclear the roll rain or speed played in this. here on traffic 24, near the caldecott, traffic is fine. if you are hitting the roads this morning, you have to be care extra careful out there.
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the rain causing major problems. i even saw standing water on my east bay commute as well. definitely take it easy on the roads. we're live in oakland, brian flores, ktvu channel 2 news. >> check this out -- the rain is causing dangerous flash flooding around the bay area. that's a real hazard for drivers. this might be one of the worst situations. this is video of standing water in the area of santa clara street where it turns into the alameda/san jose. at least two drivers had to be rescued when they drove into high water and got stuck. they say they never saw the water before driving into it. >> another traffic issue, this crash happened at the hickey boulevard exit on 280 in daly city around 2:30 this morning. no one was hurt. but a couple of lanes were blocked for a short time. 7:06. thousands of bay area homes and businesses have no power. pg&e says the biggest outages are in the north bay.
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two separate blackouts affecting 5700 customers near napa. in the san jose area, 660 homes and businesses are without power. in pittsburg, 328 customers are in the dark. a power pole was knocked down. more than 100 have no electricity in san francisco. just a handful of people on the peninsula have no power. in most cases, the problems are weather-related. we're liking live at sfo right now. flights have been canceled at sfo. the weather is blamed for that. live picture of the airport. there are several cancellations this morning, including united airline flights to southern california including ontario, palm springs, and orange county. now, you can stay up to date with the latest weather conditions where you live with the new ktvu weather app. it's available for apple and android phones. happening today -- in just a few hours, the officers tied to the scandal that's rocked the san francisco police
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department are due in court. the five police officers and one former officer face federal charges that could send them to prison for years if convicted. ktvu news broke this story yesterday. we learned the six are accused of taking part in a series of raids at san francisco residential hotels. and those raids were captured on video as you see here. >> they were going into the rooms without warrants. in some cases, we believe they were stealing items and there was no accountability. >> this was our worst fear or -- i don't know that it gets any worse than this. >> the head of san francisco's police officers association has released this statement in response to the scandal. "these indictments are apparently based on the questionable testimony of unreliable informant witnesses." the chp still searching for a gunman who opened fire on a
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crowded east bay freeway. the gunfire shut down a part of westbound 580 in castro valley during last night's rush hour commute. those bullets hit the windshield, the hood and the front grill of the victim's black chevy blazer. the driver was not hurt and he talked exclusively with ktvu news. ktvu's pam cook will have more from him. that's coming up later here on "mornings on 2." in the meantime, investigators want to talk to any drivers if you were in the area of 580 and 238 when that shooting happened. right about 3:40 yesterday afternoon. if you are a witness, call the number you see right here on your phone. 1-800-tell-chp. the man accused of drying to throw his -- trying to throw his wife off the san mateo/hayward bridge has been ordered to stand trial. a judge made that ruling yesterday and in the -- in the bizarre case. investigators say the man got into a heated argument with his
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wife while they were driving across the bridge last december. they say he then cracked into a guardrail, dragged his wife out of the car and tried to throw her off the bridge. the chp says several drivers jumped out of their cars to rescue the woman. 7:10. happening today -- a toll hike on the golden gate bridge is almost a done deal. this morning, the bridge district board will vote on a plan to raise the toll to $7 starting in april. now, after that, the toll will slowly go up to $8 over the next four years. the bridge district says they need that money to close a growing deficit. those hikes would be incre mental. in april of this year, the toll would go to $7. two years later, 7.25 and then the next year 7.50 and finally $8 in 2015. if you drive and have a fastrack, that will stay in
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effect for each of the toll hikes. >> still encourage people to use that. >> yes. 7:10. a rather unusual police response after a fatal crash in pittsburg early this morning. mum at 7:30, why cops approached a crash car with their guns drawn on a major roadway. get me out of here. that's what a lot of travel agents are hearing in parts of the nation right now. what's causing this reaction and where everyone is going. good morning. right now we still have very tough conditions for your commute as we look at 280. a lot of standing water. we'll run it down for you, tell you how the drive times are being affected by the storms. no way of getting around it. we're getting blasted. around half moon bay and pacifica heading north towards san francisco there is a really strong cell. we'll take a look at the forecast for friday and see how long this lasts.
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7:13. boy do we have weather-related problems. live pictures just in. the national weather service issued a flash flood warning for san mateo county, santa clara county, and santa cruz county. these are live pictures. we're looking at 101 north in san jose. stay tuned. we'll check in with steve and sal on how we're all being effected for this morning's commute. that's coming up in a few minutes. 7:14. two men face vandalism charges in sonoma county for damage done to tomales high school. the school is not far from highway 1 in the town of tomales. the 19-year-olds are accused of ramming their cars through the school fence and tearing up a field by spinning doughnuts on the grass. damage is estimated at $20,000. 7:14. in seattle, after getting complaints from cab companies in seattle, that city's city council is limiting the number of ride share cars on public
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streets. last night, the seattle city council voted to allow each company to have 150 cars in service at a time. now, a tougher proposal was turned down. that would have capped the number of drivers for all services at 400. the ride share companies included san francisco-based lyift, uber and side car. 7:15. governor jerry brown makes it official -- he will seek re- election in november. he is the heavy favorite to win a record fourth term as governor. in his announcement, brown points to the success turning a $27 billion budget deficit into a surplus. but he says challenges remain to make sure the budget surplus endures. the 75-year-old governor says at this stage of his life there's nothing he would rather do. brown joins two republicans who have already announced their intenses to run for -- intentions to run for governor.
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neil kashkari and tim donnelly is a tea party favorite. members of congress took free trips last year worth more than $3.7 million. the highest price tag for privately paid for travel in ten years. according to the political moneyline members of congress took 493 private funded trips in 2013. family members, mostly spouses, went on more than 40% of those trips. now, east bay congressman john garamendi had the most expensive itinerary. he took almost $70,000 worth of privately funded trips last year. his wife went with him on a $40,000 trip in february of last year to south sudan and tanzania. garamendi says taking a trip funded by a private group actually saves tax payers money and gives him more flexibility
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than official congressional trips. people living in the midwest and northeast say they are getting tired of the extreme winter they've been experiencing. now, a growing number of them are heading to warmer destinations instead. the website jetsetter.com says the number of hotel booking the in warm spots made by illinois, new york, massachusetts and washington, d.c. was up 7% last month compared to last year. florida, california, and arizona are their top destinations. 7:17. tori, now to developing news about b.a.r.t. this morning. a problem in the transbay tube. it is disrupting b.a.r.t. service systemwide. tara moriarty is live in oakland. what's going on? >> reporter: well, it seems like the problem might be getting better. we're here at the west oakland b.a.r.t. station. the last train that pulled in, it did not wait on the platform. it took off right away.
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the official word is that bart is on a 20-minute delay this morning. so definitely give yourself some extra time to get where you need to go today. it looks like there is an equipment problem in the transbay tube. a train being stuck and the glitch is causing systemwide delays. b.a.r.t. says it doesn't know when the problem will be completely fixed. but again, everything about 20 minutes behind schedule. we're in san francisco a little bit earlier this morning. we saw some people standing outside trying to stay dry. they had just come in on a b.a.r.t. train from the east bay in san francisco. they had missed their bus to the v.a. hospital. that bus is on a set schedule. obviously a frustrating morning for them especially because of the rain and it being so wet. people a little cranky on friday morning. but not too bad now that things are beginning to get more normal. we're live in oakland, i'm tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news. >> wow. okay. thank you. i'm not sure normal is a good way to describe it.
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let's check in with sal. i guess you can give a highlight of all of the problems we're having on the road. >> when you see me looking up, i'm trying to keep track of all of the things coming in on my screen here. now, we did have a bun. of problems -- bunch of problems this morning the we had that problem at 680 and 24. slow traffic in livermore as you drive through, there's been flooding. as tara referred to, as the sun comes up, it's easier for people to see the flooding. so they are not driving into standing water. we have they a lot of fender- benders on 280 and 580 near the castro valley y and a lot of flooding closures. i want to mention that ignacio valley road, there was a crash there. walnut creek tweeted it's still gonna be a rough go on ignacio valley road heading down to 680. you know how bad that gets
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anyway and when there is a crash, it gets worse. i don't recommend it, really. marsh creek road at morgan territory road, a head-on collision there. traffic is slow. this is a popular shortcut for people. the bottom line, take it easy out there. this is a look at the bay bridge toll plaza. it may look like just a 20- minute delay. it's going slower this morning. your drive time is up to 40 minutes. 880 northbound and southbound is moderate. now, let's go to steve. >> all right. this goes until 7:00 -- okay. this is an angry sky. there's gonna be thunderstorm activity today. the flash flood warning, san mateo county. santa clara county and parts of santa cruz county goes until 7:30. another ten minutes. but this area right there, that's where some of the heaviest cells. pouring in pacifica, one report i have. if you have information, tweet me. the source is this very strong low. i will get out of the way so you can see it. we may not see something like this for a while. it's wrapping back around.
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it enhances. it starts to go along the coast. that's the source of our rain and will be the source of other heavy rain. san francisco now has .84 for the day. it look like things are -- it looks like things are starting to calm down. this is all lifting north. i would think that marin county would be in line for rain. the lowest tracking towards central and southern california, possibility maybe even of tornadoes down there. would not shock me. this is a really powerhouse system. until that gets east and south of us, it will continue from the south, dragging across -- well, very unstable air which is why a possibility of thundershowers exists later
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today. napa, 16 miles an hour. there is a due east wind until the low goes through. then we'll see more of a westerly. that won't be for a while. look for a blustery, breezy day. rainfall projections, the heaviest will be in the santa cruz mountains south. there's already over 2 inches. 3 would not surprise, maybe 3.25 for other areas. a good system. heaviest in the morning but all day. you can see something that could come down and just pour for a brief period of time. watch out if you have to head out. 60s on the temperatures. today through about noon on saturday, i think we're in line. after that, things will calm down. monday there are hinting of maybe another system, monday/tuesday to the north. >> we know you are taking pictures. we want to sear storm pictures. you -- we want to see your storm pictures. send them to news
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tips@ktvu.com. burning art and cultural ev nevada's black rock desert. and a grand gesture from the opening gay basketball player, jason collins. what he did, his gift to the parents of a gay college student who was murdered almost two decades ago.
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welcome back to "mornings on 2." we have continuing coverage of the storm hitting the bay area right now. you are looking at a rather soggy picture. once again, a lot of rain on our lens. this is the toll plaza for the richmond/san rafael bridge. you can see traffic moving. a little bit slowly as they pay their tolls. we'll hear more from steve and tal. 7:25. happening today -- it is the 20th anniversary of the brady
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handgun violence act. this requires a background check before a person can buy a gun in a store. the brady law was named after james brady shot during an attempted assassination of president reagan in 1981. james brady, who is now 73, and his wife sara formed the group to push for tougher gun control laws. sara brady and others were gather at the u.s. capitol to urge congress to extend background checks for gun buyers. the nba's first openly gay basketball player made a very important yes chur last night -- gesture last night. jason collins now playing for the nets, during last night's game against the nuggets paid tribute to matthew shep sherd, the student who was murdered in 1998 because he was gay. during the game, collins wore the number 98 in shepherd's honor and then he met with shepherd's parents and gave them a signed jersey.
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>> my friends and family know why i chose that number. people support that, as evidenced by people buying the jersey. >> this is a top-selling uniform on nba.com. and shepherd's parents say collins's gesture was genuine and thoughtful. the couple who found $10 million in old gold coins will have to pay taxes on the buried treasure. the coins are covered up the treasure trove tax. it says if you find or keep property that doesn't belong to you, it's taxable at fair market value the year you find it. the combined tax will likely be half the value of the coins they found. by the way, it's due april 15th. another bay area store clerk fights gak against an arm -- fights back against an armed
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robber. >> reporter: we are live in san jose where there are flooded roadways and track accidents. because of the rain, we'll show you what you need to avoid. right now, traffic is going to be still affected by the wet weather. the san mateo bridge, not looking that great. we'll tell you the drive time. getting reports of heavy rain all the way from gilroy to petaluma maybe where you live as well. we're in this today and we'll see how long it lasses coming up -- it lasts coming up.
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good morning. live pictures from san jose this morning. this is a familiar site around much of the bay area. rescue crews kept busy as people and cars get stuck in floodwaters. a lot of ponding on the roads. it's really a good idea to slow down and drive carefully. good morning. i'm tori campbell. >> it's pouring outside our door. i'm dave clark. we have team coverage on the stormwatch this morning. janine de la vega checking weather problems in san jose all morning. sal, of course, watching the roads for you. let's start with meteorologist steve paulson. steve? >> reporter: well, all sorts of warnings and watches. it looks like they just ended around 7:30 now for parts of the peninsula, san mateo county, santa clara to santa cruz. that doesn't mean there are not areas where there's heavy rain, especially from petaluma down to gilroy. there will be areas where it will be pouring. you might get a break.
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the warnings and watches of heavy rain is moving so fast. it's all courtesy or you can blame or thank that system right there. really strong low and what it is doing is taking moisture from the south and bringing it up over us. until it gets into california we'll be in line for relative rain. it looks like the warning has ended. there's still a watch, though, for other areas to the north, to the east. all the way down to the santa clara valley, especially morgan hill and gilroy. let's take a look at at some of the rain. pouring in pacifica. one report i had, half moon bay, marin county and into sonoma county as well. it looks like breaks around palo alto and parts of the pill. that -- of the peninsula. that was 15 minutes ago. now beginning to pick up in the north bay. i expect that to continue, heavy rain around castro valley, union city, hayward, san ramon and danville and just blowing up as we say towards morgan hill and gilroy. this is closer to the radar site up in the santa cruz mountains. but still, this is really intense, heavy rain.
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and the -- the low will continue to make a b-line towards central and southern california. until that happens tonight or tomorrow morning we're in line for a very unstable pattern. the heaviest rain is santa cruz mountains south. 3, 3.25 to 2 inches elsewhere. most locations are approaching an inch already. rain, wind. heaviest in the morning. but there will be a possibility of thundershowers and intense, heavy rain later this afternoon. 50s and 60s. another busy man, sal? in my experience, doing this for a long time, rain is always correlated with more collisions, flooding and bad driving. let's take a look at what we have now with the videotape of an earlier crash, 24, westbound near 51st, 580. this fatal crash occurred just before 5:00 this morning. one person was killed. apparently her car had stalled out and it was blacked out. another car came along. did not see the vehicle and hit
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that vehicle. one person, again, died at the scene. one lane was open. but most of the lanes were closed. this caused a huge traffic jam. the traffic has recovered now that the lanes are open. they opened up the lanes about an hour and a half after the accident happened. all right. i want to mention that 680 southbound is still very slow, especially 242 and 680. that interchange heading down to walnut creek. ignacio valley road is slow because of an earlier accident at civic. they cleared it. but walnut creek police say ignacio won't be a very good drive. also contra costa county, marsh creek road at morgan territory road, they are clearing an injury crash there and a lot of people use this pretty big commute road there. i want to mention some traffic times. 580 grant line to 680, 23 minutes. high street to 24, six minutes. highway 4, lone tree to loveridge, 8. 680, 240 through the 24, 15, b.a.r.t. systemwide delays because of transbay tube problems. caltrain and muni, no
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significant delays right now. bay bridge, about a 30-minute delay and it doesn't look like that but people are driving slower because of the wet weather. now, let's go back to janine de la vega she's been covering the floodwaters all morning long. you are in san jose? >> reporter: i'm standing in the southbound lanes of highway 87 near taylor where you can see the roadway flooding here. they just have one lane of traffic open. the fast lane is open in this section of the road near taylor. caltrans is on the scene working to try to see if they can drain all of this water out. at one point, this morning, all three lanes of southbound 87 were flooded. two cars got stuck in the water and the highway patrol had to cut out and assist them. their cars were towed. an officer said that caltrans is trying to fix a generator that pumps the generator at this section of the freeway because it was broken. he was told because copper thieves hit it. the northbound lanes of highway 7 were flooded at julian at
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about 6:30 a.m. and traffic was down to one lane there. the chp was able to clear the drain. it's back open there. the situation on 87 was dangerous for a while. it affected a fire captain on his way to a rescue. >> i came across four feet of water across the street. it was very sudden. came up on me very fast. the water raised over my hood which is -- i have a very tall truck and it almost caused me to have an accident. >> reporter: this cell phone video showing a car that to the stuck on santa clara street near stockton. the driver said he was only going 35 miles an hour and couldn't see that the road was flooded. he got stuck in the water and a passerby and a police officer helped him as water was coming into his car. he had to go out, out of his window. now at the same time, another driver traveling the other direction also got trapped and had to be rescued. santa clara street was closed until the water receded. here's what one of the victims told uz -- >> the water started to flood
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in. i called 911. they are just telling me. remain calm. they kept transferring me departments. officer olsen, i think is his name, he was the one that drove -- he got here first and he started walking towards me. luckily, that guy was there. he helped me climb out my window. >> reporter: and here is a photo of another rescue near the sma municipal golf course. a man believed to be a transient had to be rescued by san jose firefighters after he got trapped. [no audio] >> all right. a technical problem with janine de la vega. but you know she's out in the elements. we'll catch up with her later on on where she is right now. well, the storm is also causing a big mess in parts of san francisco. look at this. this big tree toppled down 37th avenue near lincoln. the weather blamed for this. no one was hurt.
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but it almost hit a parked car and it blocked that street for hours during the night. the public work crews there used their chainsaws to cut up the tree and remove that debris. southern california weather is expected to be a lot worse than ours. .5 of rain may fall today. a nine mile stretch will be closed until noon. there's several crashes and fender-benders all over the area. mandatory evacuations also ordered for parts of eastern los angeles county. it is 7:38. well, it took a while but the sierra ski resorts are finally getting the snow they've been looking for all season. this is video of the snow falling earlier this morning on interstate 80 at kingvale. the lens looking a little messy there. some areas are expected to get between 6 inches and a foot.
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chains are required on interstate 80 from sisco and placer county to the donner lake interchange. chains will also required on highway 50 on twin bridges to meyers. a bit of good news when it comes to the drought. state officials say we still have a long way to go. the northern sierra, 15% of normal. the central sierra including the tahoe area doing better. 32% of normal. while the southern sierra is at 24%. make sure you stay with "mornings on 2" for the latest weather conditions all throughout the morning. you can check ktvu.com and mobile ktvu for our live stormtracker2 radar. you can see live traffic cameras. 7:39. new this morning, the investigation continues into a deadly crash in the east bay city of pittsburg. a car hit a power pole causing power problems in the area. ktvu's alex savidge joins us live from the crash scene to
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tell us what is happening there right now. good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning to you, tori. pittsburg police have confirmed this was a stolen truck killing the driver and the accident also took out a pair of power poles here on west 10th street near beacon street where we are. you can see both directions of the roadway blocked right now. more than 200 people are without power because of this accident and if you look down there, you can see a lot of crews are out here including pg&e crews trying to do repair work and get the power turned back on. the accident was at 1:00 this morning. because police believe this truck was stolen when they arrived here at the scene. officers moved in with their guns drawn. that truck had slammed straight into a power pole and pg&e workers had to come in and de- energize some of the downed lines to make this scene safe for others. the man driving the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. and all morning this crash has made life difficult for people
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who live nearby. they woke up to find the power was out. >> ain't got no power out here. this is a dead zone for people running into power lines up and down the street. this is not the first and the last time this has happened. it's probably won't be the last time either. >> reporter: and police say the man who was behind the wheel of that stolen truck is from oakland. the truck was reported stolen from a home on rock spring circle which is about a mile away from here where the crash happened. west 10th street will remain closed in both directions for several more hours according to police as pg&e crews work to get the power restored to more than 300 people still in the dark here in pittsburg. we're live in pittsburg, alex savidge, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. 7:41. forbl the second time in -- for the second time in 24 hours, bay area store clerks fought back and overpowered an armed robber. the latest incident happened
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wednesday night at la raza market in san mateo. a 26-year-old parolee pointed a gun at the manager and demanded money. but the manager grabbed the weapon and fought back. it was caught on video. the suspect was taken down and held for police. >> if he come with a small gun, i would not do anything. but he come with a big shot gun, i know it's easy to take it from him. easy way. >> besides a few cuts and bruises, both clerks are expected to be okay. hours earlier, at a convenience store in richmond, you may remember this, a clerk grabbed a robber's gun and then another employee picked him up and flung him to the floor. richmond police say the store employee was heroic and may give him a medal for his bravery. however, they do not advise citizens ever to confront a person with a gun. it is 7:42.
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the b.a.r.t.'s board to ban transit strikes in the future, coming up, why this controversial proposal may come to a stretching halt. and a driver gets out of a ticket for looking at a map on his cell phone. how this ruling could change state law. still kind of bad out there. however, it's improving a little bit as we look at the san mateo bridge. it looks like -- is that a rainbow there? it looks like it. traffic is looking okay. about an 11-minute drive time. this is a definite rainbow day. a lot of opportunities. very heavy rain. we'll get a break. more heavy rain. we'll see how long this lasts.
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good news on consumer sentiment is triggering more buying on wall street. in fact, the s&p spl opened at a record -- opened at a record high. also just out this morning, a report showing the u.s. economy grew at a 2.4% rate in the fourth quarter. as consumers spent less than first thought, primarily because of some bad weather. the dow is currently up 81 and can't look at s&p and -- the s&p and knack are up this morning -- and nasdaq are up this morning. bullets flying and a freeway shut down. pam cook has a ktvu exclusive interview with the man shot at on 580. >> very scary incident. the chp continues to search for a gunman who opened fire on a crowded east bay freeway. now, the gunfire shut down a section of westbound 580 in castro valley during last night's rush hour commute.
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bullets hit the windshield, hood and front grill of one man's car. ktvu news got an exclusive interview with that driver. he's jake. he said he was just driving along 580 near the 238 interchange when he says a passenger inside a silver chevy fired a half a dozen shots at his suv. >> they pulled out a -- a handgun, i guess. [laughter] >> all i did was just duck, slammed on the brakes and got over as fast as i could. >> reporter: he says the silver chevy sped away. the chp is urging witnesses to step forward as they try to search for a motive. investigators want to talk to any drivers who were in that area of 580 and 238 when the shooting happened. that was about 34 -- 3:40 yesterday afternoon. the witnesses, call the number on your screen, that's 1-800- tell-chp. in our next hour of "mornings on 2," we'll tell you what the driver told us what happened
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right before the shots were fired and how that could give the chp some clues on a motive. reporting live in the newsroom, pam cook, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. 7:47. a california driver won his appeal of a traffic ticket for using his cell phone behind the wheel. the driver says he was stopped in traffic and looked at a map on his cell phone. he was cited but he says the law did not apply because he was not talking on or listening to his phone. the appeals court agreed and threw out the ticket. chp says they could still cite drivers, though, who use their phones that way but under distracted driving laws. getting a ticket to this year's burning man festival could be hard to come by. the festival held its largest online sales event for the main portion of tickets and 38,000 tickets sold in just 44 minutes. more tickets will be made available later this year. a record-breaking 68,000 people attended burning man last year,
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making it the largest population in the event's history. the event runs from august 25th through september 1st. >> wow. all right, tori. 7:48. we're saying wow about our morning commute. what are you focused on now? >> we're focusing on it getting a little better which is good. >> i will tell you why, people can see better and they are not driving in the standing water. it was kind of bad early this morning on 80 westbound and on 580 and on 24 because people were driving. couldn't see puddles, their cars became disabled. that caused some dangerous situations. this is a look at 80 westbound. you can see it's busy. but it's better than it was as you drive down to the bay bridge toll plaza. 35 to 40-minute delay and some water on our lens here as to be expected. we still have the closure at 87, taylor, southbound, because of flooding.
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caltrans says it will be there for a while. 680/240 has been very slow. ignacio still recovering from earlier difficulties there. 7:49. let's go to steve. >> steve, angry sky. >> very, very. trying to update some of the rain totals thanks to everybody sending it in. dancing as fast as i can. we have flash flood watches or urban or small stream advisories until 8:30 for everybody. it makes sense we're getting some heavy-duty rain, as you know. there's still more to go. the low will continue to send in bands. they will continue to go south to north. some of the rainfall totals, santa cruz mountains we talked about look like they would take the bulk of this. bonnie dune, love it. 2.70. that's sergio in lompico. 2.06. gilroy 1.46. lexington reservoir, 1.45. that's 4 inches for lexington.
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that's good. blossom hill, 141.40. really good rain. other area, clayton, concord, about .85. novato is probably an inch. livermore .79. benicia, .62. i'm standing right in front of textbook low. absolutely just -- it's going to head more towards central california. it depend on what forecast model you look at. one of them takes it right to big sur. another farther south. as long as it is to the west of us, it will continue to rotate the bands in. they enhance as they come in. you get cooler tops. you enhance it. that's why we'll have the flad watches and warnings -- flash flood watches and warnings out to monterey. you can see some of these bands going through the heavy rain. again, somebody says what do you think the weather is gonna be like today?
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cloudy, wind, rain. cloudy, wind, rain. one of those patterns. really intense from marin county to san pablo bay, wrapping back around to the east bay. that's probably the bulk of our heaviest rain. it's lifting north. you can see where the line is petaluma. novato, napa county. things look like a little break here and there. i try to focus on these areas. as soon as i did on the air -- as i go on the air, they change. that's the low. it will play into our weather. the entire state not only today but tonight and tomorrow morning. tomorrow could be really intense i think towards monterey if you are heading down that way. about 3 inches in the santa cruz mountains. already approaching that. rain and wind today. heaviest in the morning. there might be a few breaks. if we get any sun, that could give urbs the possibility of
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that windy ers. there will be blustery conditions. this takes us into saturday morning. i think saturday by noon things will calm down. sunday looks okay. possibility of monday night/tuesday. it would be more towards the north bay. >> we know you are taking pictures. we want to show your pictures of our storm. we might even put them on the air. send your pictures to news tips@ktvu.com. you can post them on our ktvu facebook page. as we've been reporting, the wind and rain causing plenty of trouble on bay area highways. there's even trouble for b.a.r.t. riders. we'll update the systemwide delays in a live report. and an amazing new device in high-tech security. you will see a smartphone that self-destructs. attention monster taco fans!
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welcome back. we're on stormwatch for you.
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the bay area's latest storm comes down right doorgs the morning commute -- during the morning commute. on the left, you can see where the rain is heaviest right now. on the right, you can see the bay bridge toll plaza live. steve and sal are monitoring everything for you. they will have more on your weather and traffic in a couple of minutes. of course, all of our meteorologists and sal, they are on social media for you. you can follow the team on facebook and on twitter. 7:56. that weather satellite we told you about yesterday during "mornings on 2," it's now orbiting in space. here's what the launch from japan looked like. the satellite called the global precipitation measurement will provide advanced 3-d views of hurricanes, rain storms and snowfall all around the world. scientists say that will help improve forecasting involved in natural disasters. it's expected to start sending back information by late april. 7:56. yahoo! says it didn't know anything
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about a british spy agency collecting photos from millions of webcam users. that announcement comes after new documents were leaked by former nsa contractor edward snowden. the documents say the british spies collect still images from millions of yahoo! users even if they weren't suspected of illegal activity. yahoo! says an encryption program, that will keep it from machining in the future. the maker of a new electronic device calls it a self-destructing phone. but the phone called the boeing black doesn't actually explode. it just erasers all its data if someone tries to break into the known. the boeing black is meant for people who work with or for government agencies, including the departments of homeland security and defense. 7:57. well, b.a.r.t.'s board president is not getting much support yet in his fight to urge state lawmakers to ban future transit strikes.
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president joel keller introduced the advisory measure during the board meeting last night in response to two strikes last year. but several bart directors, labor leaders and workers strongly oppose the ballot measure. they say banning strikes could only increase the often hostile relationship between b.a.r.t. and its unions. the board must act by june if that measure will be on the november ballot. delays on the roads, rails and the skies, all thanks to the rain and wind. urban and small stream flood advisories. our stormwatch team continues. >> reporter: we're live at the west oakland b.a.r.t. station where riders are unhappy after some systemwide delays. we'll tell what you is causing the glitch. we're still looking at extended drive times all over the bay area because of the wet roads, including here in oakland. we'll tell you where the
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slowest traffic is. some areas are calming down a little bit. might be a few brakes in the cloud -- breaks in the cloud. it will still be an interesting day. we'll see how long this lasts.
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good morning. welcome back to "mornings on 2." you are looking live at the west oakland b.a.r.t. station. there are major delays for those commuters crossing the bay this morning. ktvu's tara moriarty will tell us what is going on with the transbay tube and what's happening to fix it. that's coming up in a live report. friday morning, february 28th. i'm dave clark. good morning. i'm tori campbell. let's get a quick look at weather and traffic. february is going out like a lion. >> no kidding, tori. one of the best months, i know, it's just -- since december of 2012 for rainfall. for some area, especially san francisco. we are getting somewhat of a break for some but san bruno mountain, 1.50. clayton over an inch. pleasonton, 1 inch. mountain view .90. i know near lake berryessa there's been over an inch. the big low continues to dominate our weather. it sends a ban. the barometer at sfo dipped to
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29.38 inches of mercury. that's not something that's happened here for a while. i have to go back and check it out, the last time we saw that. there are urband and flood stream advisories for the entire bay area until 8:30. it goes down to monterey. some of the rain is lifting more towards the north bay and pockets wrapping around san pablo bay, vallejo, benicia, hercules, pinole and over towards crockett and the east bay. along that line looks to be the heaviest. knock too bad -- nothing too bad. brentwood, livermore. and then drier air -- not as intense as we saw swinging up. it will still be cloudy. look at this line south of livermore to the east of san jose, also morgan hill and gilroy. that looks really intense. overall, we're seeing the system that will play into today and tonight. rain and wind. there will be a few breaks here. that will help give us the possibility of severe weather.
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it would not surprise me as that whole core gets closer to central california. 50s and 60s. here's sal. we've been busy. things are getting better now nat commute has advanced a little bit. you can see at the toll plaza, it is still backed up, though, for a 30 to 40-minute drive time into san francisco. that's including the time waiting at the toll plaza and then driving on the bridge itself. we've had some slow traffic in the area. some of the slowest traffic has been on some of the other bay area bridges and the wind advisories that you've mentioned -- it's been gusty on some of the spans. be careful. san mateo bridge traffic has improved a little bit. we've had slow traffic on ignacio valley road this morning in walnut creek because of earlier problems. but really the biggest problem is 680 right through concord and walnut creek. driving down from 242 to 24, it's taking 25 minutes or so and then down into san ramon. 8:03. back to the desk. thank you, sal. delays on b.a.r.t.
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are compounding the problems to this friday morning commute. some riders have waited half an hour at the platform for a train. that's frustrating. ktvu's tara moriarty is live in oakland with the source of this major service disruption. what's causing all of this? >> reporter: well, it's a problem in the transbay tube. it looks like an equipment problem. a train is actually stuck there. we're here at the west oakland b.a.r.t. station where the situation is not that dower. a lot of folks here seem to be okay. not the case if you are headed into san francisco this morning. you are looking at a 20 to 30- minute commute this morning. we found some frustrated riders on b.a.r.t.'s twitter page. one person says, i should have driven to work today. another b.a.r.t. delay. one says i should have stayed in bed. one man just tweeted avoid b.a.r.t. this morning. it's going two feet an hour. b.a.r.t. doesn't know when the problem is going to be fixed, they say. we were in san francisco earlier this morning. we saw some people standing near a bus stop trying to stay
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drive. they just came in. it took them an extra half- hour. te missed their bus. a lot of unhappy riders. if you need to take this into the city, you are looking at an extra half-hour commute. back to you. a deadly accident on westbound 24 near the 580 interchange in oakland, it caused a major backup. the chp says around 4:45 this morning, a toyota rav4 had stalled in the number three lanes just west of telegraph avenue. but moments later, another car slammed right into that car killing a woman at the scene. another passenger in her car was also hit. the chp says there's still a lot of unanswered questions in their investigation. >> we'll have to contact witnesses to see who saw this vehicle to see who had its lights on. we'll have to conduct followup investigations. >> chp is also looking into the
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role that rain and speed played in the crash. if you saw this crash, you are asked to call the chp. well, this morning's rain causing dangerous flash flooding around the bay area. a these are live pictures -- these are live pictures. this is a hazard for drivers. this is a live picture from san jose where right along highway 87, several lanes have been shut down this morning because the flooding out there on the roads. the rain has been causing several problems all over the bay area like this. this one happened at the hickey boulevard exit on interstate 280 in daly city. this was about 2:30 this morning. believe it or not, no one was hurt. but a couple of lanes out there were blocked for a short time. 8:06. thousands of people in the bay area are still without power this morning. here are the latest outage numbers from pg&e. the biggest outages are in the north bay where 5200 homes and businesses are in the dark because of two separate
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blackouts near napa. 630 pg&e customers don't have electricity in the san jose area. an hour ago, we told you there were 328 customers without power in the east bay. well, that number was nearly doubled to 620. and more than a hundred homes and businesses don't have electricity in san francisco. and just a handful of people on the peninsula are without power. you can stay up to date with the latest weather conditions where you live with the new ktvu weather app. it's available for apple and android phones. 8:07. 90 minutes from now, the police officers tied to the scandal that's rocked the san francisco police department, they are due in court. the five police officers and one former officer face federal charges that could send them to prison for years if they are convicted. ktvu news broke this story yesterday. we learned the six are accused of taking part in a series of raids at san francisco residential hotels. those raids were captured on
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video. >> they were going into the rooms without warrants. in some cases, we believe they were stealing items and there was no accountability. >> this was our worst fear. our -- i don't know that it gets any worst than this. >> this statement was released -- the man accused of trying to throw his wife off the san mateo/hayward bridge has been ordered to stand trial. a judge in san mateo county made that ruling yesterday in the bizarre case of mcclinton. investigators say mcclinton got into a heated argument with his wife while they were driving across the bridge last december. they say he then crashed into a guardrail, dragged his wife out of the car, and tried to throw her off the bridge.
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the chp says several drivers stopped and jumped out of their cars to rescue the woman. 8:08. happening today -- a toll hike on the golden gate bridge seems almost a done deal. this morning, the bridge district board will vote on a plan to raise the toll to $7 starting in april. after that, the toll will slowly go up to $8 over the next four years. the bridge district says they need that money to close a growing deficit. now, the hikes are gonna be incremental. it will be in april of this year, the toll would go to $7. two years later in 2016, it would be 7.25. then the next year, 7.50. and finally, $8 in 2018. for drivers who have fastrack, the one-dollar discount, that will stay in connect for each of the toll hikes. it's 8:09. a deadly crash in an east bay city early this morning. the reason police officers approach the crash scene with
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their guns drawn. plus, it's a first for the u.s. supreme court. you will see secret footage shot during a hearing to find out why this breach has never happened before. good morning. we do have traffic that's still pretty slow in many areas. as we look at 280 there have been some improvements but we keep getting new injury crashes and a new problem reported in san francisco. well, now we're back to the midwest. there's some rain, clouds, even sunbreaks. don't get used to it. it will be a changeable day. we'll see how this carries into the weekend. or how to find big savings on the things you need. just make a straight line to safeway. your club card gets you deals you can't find anywhere else. right now, breakfast is on. oscar mayer bacon is only $3.99. rise and shine with simply orange oj, just $2.98. and oikos greek yogurt is only a buck. real big deals this week and every week. only at safeway.
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breaking news. we are just learning a homicide case in north richmond. the contra costa sheriff's department tweeted just minutes ago. they say it was a shooting that happened last night and the victim died this morning. we're working to learn more details and we'll update you when we know more. sfo is currently reporting delays of more than four hours. this is a live picture of the airport and we checked with the tower and although the weather appears to be clearing a little bit there, seeing a little break in the clouds, but officials indicate problems could linger all day for flights. flights to and from southern california are the most affected. united has canceled a couple of flights headed to palm springs and orange county. we want to see your photos of the storm. you can e-mail them to us at
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news tips@ktvu.com or post them to tower facebook page. the storm in southern california will be a lot worse than others. a half foot of rain may fall today. nine-mile stretch of pacific coast highway in malibu is closed because of landslide threats. it will be closed at least until noon. the chp reports several crashes and fender-benders all over the area, including jackknifed big rig, tow truck drivers have been very busy since late yesterday. >> good business for the company and us. but it's unfortunate seeing people like this, damage to their cars, people getting hurt. people getting injured. >> the chp says they have to stay is a lot during storms like this but not enough drivers are slowing down. they want them to slow down. >> a lot of drivers are getting too close to others and tailgating. there are new pictures to show you how bad the drought is. here's a comparison of lake orieville in 2011 and 2014.
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in 2011, there it is, the lake was killed with water. now -- filled with water. now, very dry. just a little bit of water. you can even see the entire bridge. you couldn't do that in 2011. there's new information about the death of a brazilian man who disappeared in san francisco. the coroner's office has determined his death was an accident. 22-year-old paulo netto was reported missing last october. his body was found a month later, floating in the bay. the report released yesterday found he had drugs in his system and his death may have been the result of an overdose. 8:15. well, governor jerry brown made it official. he will seek re-election in november. he's the heavy favorite to win a record fourth term at governor. in his announcement, the governor points to his success at turning a $27 billion budget deficit into a surplus. but he says there are challenges remaining to make sure the budget surplus endures. and the 75-year-old governor
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says at this stage of his life, there's nothing he would rather do. now, governor brown brown joins two prowns who have announced their -- republicans who have announced their intent to run. neil kashkari and tim donnelly. he's a tea party favorite. president obama will host students, parents and teachers at the first ever white house student film festival. the white house challenged students all across the country to create short films answering the question why is technology so important in the classroom? and how will it change the educational experience for kids in the future? 16 of the entries will be screened at the white house today. well, for the first time ever, someone was able to sneak a video camera into the u.s. supreme court. a very shaky, two-minute video was posted yesterday on youtube. now, this shows a protester
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interrupting the court on wednesday, voicing his displeasure about the justices' ruling in 2010, the one that loosened restrictions on cope rirt campaign spend -- corporate campaign spending. they have extremely tight security there. no electronic devices are allowed but somehow they got in there. >> and that will probably happen more and more as those devices get smaller and smaller. want to check in with sal and see what's happening on the roads and the bay bridge toll plaza. >> i hope i look calmer. >> you do. >> error why someone said, you look kind of scared. well, you know, it was scary traffic. >> yeah. >> scary traffic out there. pretty bad for a while. we've been on the air since 4:30 detailing stuff. right now, things are a little better but there's still a rather large backup at the bay bridge toll plaza. but certainly things have settled down a little bit. this is about a 30, 40-minute drive time into san francisco.
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once on the bridge, a little gusty wind as steve and i have been telling you. you will notice the winds a little bit. and the driving today throughout the day is not gonna be the greatest. in is a look at 880 as you are driving northbound, it's slow. driving from downtown oakland to the hegenberger exit, it's about a five-minute drive. i want to check out marin county, slow to san rafael. somewhat unusual for friday. we don't usually have that. but it's raining. 101 is the slowest. 85 almaden valley, it looks pretty good. a little bit of slowing in saratoga. flooding near taylor, still there. let's go to steve. sal, take another five minutes so i can catch my breath. >> okay. >> some breaks in the clouds. no doubt about it but thank you to everyone -- right there. there you go. i like it. some very good rainfall totals. i will get to some of those. there's always breaks in the
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clouds. although father david said pittsburg area, thunderstorm popping up there. that does not surprise me in the least. we have a very, very strong low. san ansel ma, 1.56. castro valleys, 1.30. buena vista park in san francisco 1.02. lake berryessa, an inch. pleasanton, also an inch. there were other totals as well, especially in the santa cruz mountains, which we thought would be the leader of the pack and they were bonnie dune. 2.70. lompico, 2.06. gilroy has had very heavy rain, 1 point a. lexington -- 1.50. lexington resser reservoir. that's good rain. san francisco .90. they have 5.56. 125% of normal. a normal february is 4.46. the wettest -- the first month
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since december 2012, san francisco's had above average rainfall. that's a long time. that's a really long time. here we go. the system is there. there's the low. once it gets far enough east, the flow coming up can paint us with thunderstorm activity or more instability. it will still wrap around but it's taking aim more at central and southern california. once it gets down there, we'll be on the drier side of it. that's not happening. you can see from petaluma. i'm standing right in front of petaluma. bubba th tortoise said what a storm. he tweeted me. [laughter] >> napa, back to fairfield and concord. that seems to be the better line. most of this is heading to marin county north, lake county, and mendocino county. you've been farther north. look at this heading out of the altamont pass. near parallel, livermore heading towards brentwood, oakley as well.
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after that, things on the peninsula have calmed down. but they are lit up down towards monterey and carmel. i know they've had very heavy rain. mount toro, 2.90 had an e-mail on that. for us, we are looking for the low to start tracking more towards big sur. but it will give us very wild weather today. rainfall projections favoring areas south -- to the south. there could be more santa cruz mountains, monterey tonight, tomorrow. by noon on saturday, we should onen the western edge -- we should be on the western edge, things should start to calm down. possibility of thundershower activity. you get this low close enough. that will give us cooling aloft. we call it a shear in the atmosphere. that could set the stage. would not be surprised of tornadoes out of this. possibility of rain in the north bay monday night/tuesday. >> we november you are out there taking pictures. some parts of the bay area,
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getting a break from the rain. one of our ktvu viewers sent us this photo, a rain befrom san jose. way to go. we want to see your pictures. you can e-mail them to us or post them on our ktvu took page. 8:22. a driver gets busted for looking at his phone. the controversial new court ruling that says he was not breaking the law. a significant gesture from the first openly gay basketball player in the nba. how jason collins paid tribute to a student killed because of his sexual orientation.
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still getting some rain. but there's a couple of sunbreaks here and there. i think the possibility of some showers. more rain definitely. it's kind of a hit and miss. sun, cloud, showers. back to sun, cloud, showers. members of congress took free trips last year that were worth more than $3.7 million. that's the highest price tag for privately funded travel in ten years. according to political moneyline, members of congress took 493 privately funded trips in 2013. family members, mostly spouses, went on more than 40% of those trips. now, east bay congressman john garamendi, according to the report, had the most expensive
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itinerary. he took almost $70,000 worth of privately funded trips last year. his wife went with him on a $40,000 trip in february of last year to south sudan and tanzania. congressman garamendi says taking a trip funded by a private group saves tax payers money and gives him more flexibility than official congress tal trips. a new report claims a group tied to a black muslim bakery lied to win a contract. the tribune said they found court records showing that bmt security services faked documents to win that deal. the reports say the county supervisors canceled the contract. the tribune reports that some of the people at the security firm used to work at the your
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black muslim bakery. prosecutors say it was a front involved in extoergses and -- extortions and murders including the killing of chauncey bailey. two men are phasing vandalism charges in sonoma county for $20,000 worth of damage at tomales high school. that school is not far from highway 1. the 19-year-olds are accused of lambing their cars -- ramming their cars through the school fence and tearing up a field by spinning dole nuts on the grass. one of the men said they had been drinking beer and they were bored so they decided to go to that school. 8:27. it's a grand gesture from the nba's first openly gay basketball player. former stanford star jason collins recently signed a ten- day contract with the brooklyn nets. last night against the denver nuggets, he paid tribute to mathew shepherd. he was a wyoming college
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student murdered in 1998 because he was gay. during the game, comlins wore the number -- collins wore the number 98 in shepherd's honor. he met with shepherd's parents and gave them a signed jersey. >> my friends and family knew why i chose that number. so many people support it, that's evidenced by people buying the jersey. >> collins's number 98 is the top-selling uniform on nba.com. shepherd's parents call his gesture and thoughtful. round two for the second time in 24 hours. a bay area store clerk kept a would-be robber at bay and you guessed it, there's surveillance video of the incredible takedown. >> reporter: we're live in san jose where the rain has caused a messy situation on the roads. there's flooding, traffic accidents. we'll show you what to avoid. good morning. right now we're still looking at traffic that is going to be busy because of the wet roads.
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as we look at 280 southbound, it looks like there is a little bit of a problem approaching highway 17. we'll told show you what that -- we'll show you what that is. some of the continue use rain is done. but -- continuous rain is done. but now we'll focus on thundershowers.
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8:31. good morning. "mornings on 2." we're everywhere. these are live pictures. this is san jose. look at this water. just a major flooding problem in many areas. it's been a problem all morning. rescue crews and tow trucks have been busy. they've had to pull several drivers and their cars out of
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stalled situations in puddles like that. ktvu's janine de la vega has seen some of those incidents. she'll be bringing you a live report on what she has seen in just a couple of minutes. friday morning, february 28th. it's a busy day. i'm dave clark. steve, you are the busiest man in the bay area. >> is anything i'm saying making sense? >> yes. >> we've been saying it a lot. we're getting somewhat of a break. some rain totals. i try to get to these as fast as i can. i appreciate you sending them in. castro valley 1.13. lake berryessa, an inch. pleasanton, an inch. danville, 1.22. look at that. there you go. take a picture of that. really, that's impressive. haven't seen something that die natic in a long time. -- dynamic in a long time. as this moves east, the
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moisture will go with it and everything will start to go to the sacramento valley. we're not done yet. there's rain favoring north bay areas. from santa rosa, st. helena, back to fairfield, petaluma has had good rain. i had an e-mail, 2.80 i think in petaluma. there's drier air coming in. yet there's still pretty good lines of thunderstorms. we'll have to keep an eye on this. you get the sunbreaks. kind of parallel to the santa clara valley. heading more towards the valley. but that bears watching for later on. southern california will get blasted. they already have. there's still a lot of cloud cover and moisture coming up here. overall, look for that low, one more look at it which is really cool. heading more towards the big sur area and even south. my least fave rirt word. that's the -- favorite word. that's the pattern. sun, showers, cloud. it will still be a windy, breezy, blustery day.
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highs 50s, 60s. here's sal. we're still looking at challenging conditions and drive times are still up because of the storm that moved through. southbound 280 at 17, looks like there is a crash in one of the lanes here. you can see it from our camera. the traffic is going to be slow here as you drive, southbound. what's going to mess people up is that you usually don't expect a -- you don't expect a backup here at this time. you expect it to be northbound. northbound is also slowing to take a look at it. paramedics are on the way to this crash. let's take a look at the bay bridge toll plaza. 30 to 45-minute delays. drive time into san francisco. looks like it stopped raining there temporarily but the traffic is slow. nimitz freeway, southbound slow. fremont not all that bad. 880 slows from union city up to slrd and then into cass -- san leandro and then into castro valley. we have traffic getting to dublin. but westbound 580 looks better.
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b.a.r.t., caltrain and muni are reporting delays. i would still say it would be better than driving. back to the desk. as we've been telling you, the rain is causing major flooding all over the bay area including some dangerous flad flash flooding on streets. janine de la vega is in san jose. you've seen several drivers rescued from cars that were driving into deep water, janine. >> reporter: yeah, and now i'm standing on highway 87 in the southbound lanes. now, progress is being made out here. you can see the roadway was flooded but at one point, it was all the way up to where i was standing. now, this has been a problem since 4:00 a.m. you can see one lane of traffic is open at this section. caltrans is on the scene working to try to see if they can drain this water out. it does appear it's receding. we were told by the chp that caltrans is trying to fix a generator that pumps the water out along this section because it's broken. now, at one point, this
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morning, all southbound 87 lanes were closed because of the flooding. two cars got stuck in the water. the highway patrol had to come and assist them. their cars were towed. at 6:30 a.m., the northbound lanes of highway 87 were also flooded at julian and traffic was down to one lane there. chp was able to clear the drain and it's back open now. there's also been problems mon city streets -- on city streets. we have cell phone video of one car that got trapped on santa clara street on autumn in downtown san jose. the driver had to climb out of his window. he then pushed his car with the help of a passerby and a police officer. on the other side of the street, a second car traveling the other way also got trapped in the water that was waist deep. >> you couldn't see the water. i just -- i mean, i thought it was clear. drove right in and my car started getting flooded in. >> reporter: what were you thinking? >> how do i get out? do i stay in the car?
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do i push it out? what do i do? i'm asking 911 what do i do? and they are like remain calm. >> reporter: and here is a photo of another rescue off oakland road near the san jose municipal golf course. a man believed to be a transient had to be rescued by san jose firefighters of a he got trapped in coyote creek in about 4 feet of water and debris. they had a difficult time locating him. when they finally got to him, he was dehydrated and suffering from hypothermia. >> had a tough time locating him. we located him behind the golf course in a creek in 4 feet of water. very dehydrated, very cold, very hypothermic. our search teams went in and brought this individual out safely. >> reporter: and back out here live, i want to show you this is what's clogging all drains.
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you can see. at one point, the water was all the way up here. but behind me we started to see it. they had given us an estimate at 11:00 a.m. to have the lanes open. but it looks like the situation is improving, it could be earlier than that. reporting live from san jose, janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, janine. 8:38. happening now -- both directions of marsh creek road are shut down after a head-on collision near morgan territory road. brian flores has been chasing accidents all morning lane basically and you just arrived on the scene of this one. tell us about this accident, brian. >> reporter: hi, tori. good morning. no question about that. it's a mess out there this morning. not just on the freeways but on the two-lane highways as well. as you mentioned, this was marsh creek road and morgan territory in clayton where the chp says the trifner of one car was going way too -- driver of one car was going way too fast for the conditions.
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if we go to the video, this is marsh creek road near morgan territory in clayton. according to the chp, the driver of the mazda was going it way too fast for the conditions, when the driver slammed head on with an acura with two passengers inside. the chp says the driver of the mazda was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries while the other two passengers in the suv were not injured despite some pretty heavy damage in the front and the air bags were also deployed. according to the chp as well, one-way traffic control has been issued for the area. they've been out there for the past hour or so. it's unclear when they will have both lanes open at this time. as we take it back out here live, messy conditions from the rain and the wind. again, not just on the freeways but on the two-way highways as well. the chp has been saying all morning long, take it easy on the roadways as well. brian flores, ktvu channel 2 news. >> all right. thank you. 8:39. well, it took a while but the sierra ski resorts are finally
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getting the snow they've been looking for all season. we'll show you video of the snow earlier this morning. this is on interstate 80 at kingvale. some areas may get between 6 inches and a foot of new snow. chains are required on interstate 80 from sisco and placer county to the donner lake interchange. chains are required on highway 50 at twin bridges to myers in el dorado county. you can get the weather forecast to go on your smartphone or tablet with the ktvu weather app. it has live radar for you and forecast from our weather team. it's available for apple and android users. for the second time in 24 hours, bay area store clerks fought back. they overpowered an armed robber. the latest incident happened wednesday night at la za raw market in san mateo. look. a 26-year-old parolee pointed a gun at the manager, demanded money. but the manager fought back, grabbed the weapon and fought
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back. everything was caught on video. and then you can see another store employee join in. that suspect was taken down and held for the police. >> if it's my night to get shot, he will shoot me right away. it's not my night. if he come with a small gup, i will to the no anything. he come with a big shot gun, i know it's easy to take it from him. >> besides a few cuts and bruises both clerks are expected to be okay. hours earlier, we showed you the convenience store in richmond, a clerk grabbed a robber's gun there and then another employee came in, picked up the robber like a wrestler and threw him to the floor. now, richmond police say the store employee was heroic. may even get a medal for his bravery but they still don't advise citizens to confront a person with a gun. some scarry moments on an
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east bay freeway -- scary moments on an east bay freeway. >> pulled out at handgun, i guess. all i did was just duck. >> the man who was targeted describes terrifying ordeal. an interview you will see only on 2. good morning. we still have delays on b.a.r.t. and caltrain and muni. some worse than others. highway 24 looks like it's raining here and the traffic time is up. we still have some rain. there's also some breaks nut clouds. but lightning being detected off big sur. what about here? i think so later today. we'll show you the satellite coming up. [dad] [laughs]
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u.s. stocks higher. pushing the market higher into record territory. the s&p 500 is on track to close up about 4% for february. we're tracing the losses from a month before. a report on business activity in the midwest came in better than expected. that's one of the reasons the markets are up. the dow is up almost -- there it is -- up 100. the nasdaq is up 16 and the s&p still in record territory up 11 at 1865. let's bring you up to date on some of the other top stories we're following for you. a tragedy, this morning a woman was killed this morning.
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her car stalled on westbound highway 24 and then another car slammed right into her. this happened about 4:45 this morning on westbound highway 24 near the 580 interchange. some b.a.r.t. riders are dealing with delays waiting up to a half an hour for their train this morning. equipment problem in the transbay tube has caused a systemwide b.a.r.t. delay. no worst yet on when -- no word yet when b.a.r.t. will fix the problem. a stolen truck slammed into a power pole at west 10th street. officers drew their weapons and formed a shield as they approached the crashed vehicle. there was one person inside that was pronounced dead at the scene. a second person was able to get out and run away before officers arrived. the crash knocked down an electrical line and power was out for some nearby homes. this morning, the chp is
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hoping other drivers come forward as they search for whoever opened fire on a busy bay area freeway. pam cook is in our newsroom with what happened that may provide some clues into why those shots were fired. good morning, pam. >> reporter: ktvu news spoke to the driver who was caught in the middle of that gunfire on 580 yesterday afternoon. now, a section of westbound 580 in castro valley had to be shut down while in the middle of last night's rush hour commute. that's after bullets hit the windshield, hood and front grill of one man's car. now, jake tells us he was driving his black chevy blazer on 580 near the 238 interchange when he spotted a silver chevy weaving in and out of traffic. >> they were in the fast lane, stepping on it and slamming on the brakes every time someone got behind them. whatever. i ended up passing. pulled out a handgun, i guess. [laughter] >> i -- all i did was just duck and slammed on the brablgs and
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got over as -- brakes and got over as fast as i could. >> the silver chevy sped away. the chp would like to hear from anyone in the area at the time of this shooting. now, again, it happened on 580 near the 238 interchange at about 3:40 yesterday afternoon. witnesses should call the number on our screen. 1-800-tell chp. california highway investigators are looking into whether or not this is a case of road rage. reporting live in the newsroom, pam cook, ktvu channel 2 news. a california man appealed the traffic ticket he got for using his cell phone while driving and he won. the driver was ticketed for violating the vehicle code that bans drivers from talking or listening on their phone without a hands-free device. but he says he was stopped in traffic at the time and was looking at a map on his phone. the judge threw out his ticket. however, the chp is warning drivers you still should not be
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looking at phones while driving. even if you are not using your cell phone, you can still receive a violation for distracted driving. no section specifically prohibiting for reading a book, drinking a latte but you can still receive a citation if we can articulate that it's unsafe. 8:49. we want to check in with sal who -- problems out there. but you are a little calmer than you were a few hours ago. >> still very challenging. it's not quite as bad at it was -- as it was. look at highway 24. steve and id have been telling you -- and i have been telling you it's still raining in some areas. 15 minutes from walnut creek to oakland. this morning we're look at the toll plaza, it's been steady and slow. 30 to 40-minute wait into san francisco unless you are in the carpool lane. systemwide delays on transit
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although i would still recommend transit rather than driving. b.a.r.t. caltrain and muni. nothing too bad. but there are some delays if you time the trains, you might be more upset if you go up there and catch the next one. let's go back to steve. a couple of breaks in the clouds. it's only going to kind of juice things up here. i think the possibility of thundershowers. lightning strikes off big sur. our powerhouse low is sending in impressive totals. some heavier rain totals, no doubt about t we thought the heaviest would be in the santa cruz mountains. that's exactly what's happened. bonny doon is probably at 3 inches. fill roy, 1.70. i think this is michael on the alamo wc, walnut creek border. 1.14. there it is. right there. the low. it's heading towards central
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california. if it was going over us, all bets would be off. this would probably produce waterspouts, maybe severe weather in the valley, maybe tornadoes down to southern california. so until this gets east and south of us, we are a -- even though there might be sunbreaks, things could pick up. most of the rain up in cloverdale, santa rosa over to cal city so ga, clearlake, mendocino county wrapping back out towards the valley. things are just really kind of blowing up. especially east of san jose. have to keep an eye on that. watsonville, heading over to morgan hill. that's south of monterey. numerous reports. the potential is there. i would not be surprised if some of this develops over us. some of that developing. showers. some of these could be breaf
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and heavy. might have some sun. midwest weather. wait five minutes. 50s and 60s. temperatures not a big deal today. any sun might help in the development of some severe weather, would not surprise me. there's definitely potential there. into saturday noonish or early morning and i think we should be done. a break on sunday. maybe rain more towards the north bay on monday and tuesday. >> thank you, steve. eight minutes before 9:00. we'll continue our stormwatch coverage with a fine at look at the rain and the wind and meet the new stars on the internet. they are known as the snow swimmers.
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we're following breaking news out of the south bay. the san jose fire department just told us they are investigating a possible hazmat situation at the emergency room of valley medical center. apparently, a patient complained to medical staff about being contaminated with an unknown substance. the patient has been isolated to one room of the emergency room. it's not known if any other part of the hospital has been evacuated. ktvu has a crew on the way to the scene. make sure to stay connected with us on facebook and twitter for the latest updates. we'll have more on this story on the news at noon. it is 8:55. that weather satellite we told you about yesterday during "mornings on 2," well, it's now orbiting in space.
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here's the launch from japan. the satellite called the global precipitation measurement will provide advanced 3-d views of hurricanes, rain storms and snowfall around the world. scientists say that will help improve forecasting. it's expected to start sending back information by late april. heavy rain in southern california keeping those crews down there busy trying to prepare for the academy awards on sunday. they are trying to keep the red carpet dry. workers used polls to remove sitting water sitting on the tops of the tents so they don't fall down and soak the red carpet. the famous carpet is covered in plastic right now. organizers are hoping for sunny skies and clear weather on sunday. two college students got fed up with the recent snow in minnesota. look at these guys. they decided they are gonna go swimming in the snow. yeah.
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they were dressed in swim shorts and caps with the goggles. as they dove into the snow. doing a little bit freestyle. they were having a good time. the two friends have become overnight stars on the internet and are known as the snow swimmers. [ cheers ] >> this much snow is gonna last until next winter, you have to make light of it and have fun. >> and they did. many people are having fun watching the video. they are liking the new snow swimmer facebook page. we said they might have had some help to deal with the cold. a few medicinal drinks or something. good morning everybody. we're still a little bit slow out there as you drive in san francisco southbound, there was a tree that came down and at least partially blocking one of the lanes. also looking at the toll plaza, 30 to 40-minute delay into the
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city. still not the greatest. 101 and 280 are slow in san jose. 85 is not that bad. let's go to steve. mostly cloudy, sun, cloud, showers. main rainband went through. a break on sunday. good job today. >> thank you. >> yeah. keeping everyone well informed. that's our report for this morning. thank you for making ktvu your choice for news. be sure to watch the news at noon. have a great day. what if getting ready every morning was quick and easy? makeup. nails. now advanced teeth whitening is simple with the new colgate® optic white™ toothbrush plus whitening pen. just brush. use the built in whitening pen, then go. its stay on formula penetrates to deeply whiten for whiter teeth in two days. looking great with a dazzling, white smile is now quick and easy every day with the new colgate® optic white™ toothbrush plus whitening pen.
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